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THE MAYOR is a stereotype-shattering documentary that reveals the humanity of seniors living life to the fullest in a retirement community in Texas.


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THE MAYOR is a stereotype-shattering documentary that reveals the humanity of seniors living life to the fullest in a retirement community in Texas. Through the titular 88-year-old Mayor back on the dating scene, a Southern dame devoted to her deceased husband, and a hilarious firecracker of a woman with sharp wit and tongue intact, the film intimately explores the eternal struggle for love and connection. The octogenarians of THE MAYOR defy cultural expectations and demonstrate how our golden years can be as meaningful, challenging, and triumphant a time as any other. Written by Jared Scheib

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Excellent and Engaging Documentary on Life in old age
15 November 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I loved this documentary. And to be honest, I didn't know what to expect going into it, and not necessarily having an interest in the elderly, I debated with myself about whether or not to go. Fortunately, I did choose to go and I was blown away by how transfixing the story was. Not only was it did it have a great story line that followed a character that was delightful on screen(Sam), but it was also full of humor and heartfelt moments. The reality of death and those left behind was documented with care and respect. I was constantly amazed by the vulnerability of the characters with the intimate stories that they shared. You could see that such a trust was built during the creation of the film between the film-maker and the characters. I think the true value of this film comes from the vulnerability of the characters and their comfortability to share with the film maker what they are really feeling and thinking. This film not only makes me respect older people more, but also get kind of excited to become one one day.

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